Elizabeth McGinitie, PhD, BSc (Honours)

Assistant Professor, Augustana - Sciences

Contact

Assistant Professor, Augustana - Sciences
Email
elizabeth.mcginitie@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 679-1651
Address
148 AG05 Hoyme Complex
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Overview

About

Degrees:

BSc (Honours in Chemistry), St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

PhD in Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta


Research

My research interests primarily lie in the fields of catalysis and green chemistry. My current research focuses on improving the environmental sustainability and efficiency of industrial chemical processes through asymmetric catalyst immobilization and continuous-flow.

Selected Publications and Patents:

    • Bergens, S. H.; Kalapugama, S.; Nepal, P.; McGinitie, E. Catalyst systems for use in continuous flow reactors and methods of manufacture and use thereof. US Patent 20160175829, issued June 23, 2016.

    • Corkum, E. G.; Wang, R.; Aquino, M. A. S. Compromising the metal-metal bond in diruthenium(II,III) tetraacetate: Reaction of [Ru2(µ-O2CMe)4(MeOH)2]+ with phosphines to form ‘Ru(µ-O2CMe)2(µ-OMe)2Ru’ cores. Inorganica Chimica Acta 2015, 424, 202-209.
    • Corkum, E. G.; Kalapugama, S.; Hass, M. J.; Bergens, S. H. Solvent-free Isomerization of Allylic Alcohols Catalyzed by a Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework. RSC Advances 2012, 2, 3473-3476.
    • Corkum, E. G.; Hass, M. J.; Sullivan, A. D.; Bergens, S. H. A Highly Reusable Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework for the Intramolecular Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes. Organic Letters 2011, 13, 3522-3525.

    Selected Presentations:

    • Corkum, E. G.; Hass, M. J.; Sullivan, A. D.; Bergens, S. H. A Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework for the Intramolecular Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes. 25th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2012.
    • Corkum, E. G.; Kalapugama, S.; Hass, M. J.; Bergens, S. H. Solvent-free Isomerizations of Allylic Alcohols Catalyzed by a Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework. 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, AB, May 2012.
    • Corkum, E. G.; Hass, M. J.; Sullivan, A. D.; Bergens, S. H. A Rhodium Catalyst-Organic Framework for the Intramolecular Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes. 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, AB, May 2012.
    • Bergens, S. H.; Takebayashi, S.; Hass, M. J.; Corkum, E. G.; John, J. M.; Sullivan, A. D. Enantioselective Desymmetrization of Imides by Hydrogenation. A Reusable Catalyst-Organic Framework for Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes. 3rd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry, Ottawa, ON, August 2010.
    • Bergens, S. H.; Takebayashi, S.; Hass, M. J.; Corkum, E. G.; John, J. M.; Sullivan, A. D. Mechanistic and Developmental Enantioselective Catalysis: Stoichiometric Bifunctional Additions, Desymmetrization of Imides by Hydrogenation, and a Reusable Catalyst for Cycloisomerizations. 24th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Taipei, Taiwan, July 2010.

    Teaching

    I have taught a variety of chemistry courses to date including general chemistry, introductory and advanced inorganic chemistry, introductory and advanced organic chemistry and organic spectroscopy.

    The courses that I currently teach are:

    • AUCHE 110, General Chemistry I

    • AUCHE 112, General Chemistry II
    • AUCHE 279, Physical Chemistry
    • AUCHE 230, Inorganic Chemistry I
    • AUCHE 232, Inorganic Chemistry II
    • AUCHE 330, Transition Metal Chemistry

    Announcements

    June 2017: A big welcome to international intern Banruo (Francis) Li! Francis will be working with Marina on catalytic MOF synthesis over the summer months

    May 2017: A big welcome to international intern Marina Schmidt-Thome! Marina will be working on catalytic MOF synthesis over the summer months.

    Courses

    AUCHE 341 - Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

    This course serves as an introduction to the chemical processes responsible for natural environmental phenomena and anthropogenic environmental sampling, climate change, pollution, waste management, fossil fuels and alternative energy technologies, toxic organic compounds and the principles of green chemistry. Prerequisites: AUCHE 212, third year standing, AUCHE 220 recommended.

    Winter Term 2023
    AUCHE 352 - Synthesis III

    An extension of AUCHE 350 and an introduction to catalysis. Topics include: Common organometallic ligand systems, organometallic reactions and related mechanisms, homogenous, heterogeneous and asymmetric catalysis, catalyst synthesis and design, flow chemistry and industrial catalytic applications. Prerequisite: AUCHE 350.

    Winter Term 2023
    AUCHE 353 - Synthesis III Lab

    This course is a guided-inquiry laboratory course that is focused on the development of modern organic and inorganic synthetic skills and techniques. Students will gain hands-on experience in researching, developing and implementing synthetic methodologies and analyzing experimental results. In addition, student will strengthen their communication skills through oral and written assignments. Prerequisites: AUCHE 351. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCHE 353 and AUCHE 360 (2021).

    Winter Term 2023
    AUCHE 390 - Senior Project I

    A research project on a specific topic in chemistry to be determined jointly by the student and professor. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Notes: Admission to AUCHE 390 normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Chemistry. An Application for Individual Study must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

    Fall Term 2021

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